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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 9, 2007 4:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The best introspective song ever written..?

Certainly the most intriguing.

For Ashes.

Cold Mountain water
the jade merchant's daughter
Mountains of the Moon, Bow and bend to me
Hi ho the Carrion Crow
Folderolderiddle
Hi Ho the Carrion Crow
Bow and bend to me

Hey Tom Banjo
Hey a laurel
More than laurel
You may sow
More than laurel
You may sow

Hey the laurel
Hey the city
In the rain
Hey, hey,
Hey the white wheat
Waving in the wind

20 degrees of solitude
20 degrees in all
All the dancing kings & wives
assembled in the hall
Lost is a long & lonely time
Fairy Sybil flying
All along the all along
the Mountains of the Moon

Here is feast of solitude
A fiddler grim and tall
Plays to dancing kings and wives
Assembled in the hall
Of lost, long, lonely times
Fairy Sibil flying
All along the all along
the Mountains of the Moon

Hey Tom Banjo
It's time to matter
The Earth will see you
on through this time
The Earth will see you on
through this time

Down by the water
The Marsh King's Daughter
Did you know?
Clothed in tatters
Always will be
Tom, where did you go?

Mountains of the Moon, Electra
Mountains of the Moon
All along the
All along the
Mountains of the Moon

Hi Ho the Carrion Crow
Folderolderiddle
Hi Ho the Carrion Crow
Bow and bend to me
Bend to me



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Poster: fireeagle Date: Dec 9, 2007 5:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

ripple

http://www.dead.net/song/ripple

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-10-11.acoustic-sbd.windsor.323.sbefail.shnf

enjoy

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 9, 2007 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

Oh yeah.

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they're better left unsung
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of men

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall you fall alone
If you should stand then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Dec 9, 2007 6:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

"Clothed in tatters
Always will be..."

"And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow
"Shadow," said he,
"Where can it be
This land of Eldorado?"

"Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied
"If you seek for Eldorado!"
(excerpt from "Eldorado," by Edgar Allan Poe)

William Tell:
...nice choice. "Walker After Midnight" is another one:
"...At times I feel a light divine
And try to catch a spark
End up strikin' matches
To better see the dark...."

--- AshesRising

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Dec 9, 2007 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written...?

by far, one of my favourite early GD songs; i love the way Jerry's voice & the music evokes an earlier era and time; it also highlights how Hunter's songwriting talents were far sharper in this time period than what he was composing in the later years; thanks for the reminder WT

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Dec 9, 2007 8:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

Your rain falls like crazy fingers
Peals of fragile thunder keeping time
Recall the days that still are to come
Some sing blue

Hang your heart on laughing willow
Stray down to the water
Deep Sea of Love

Beneath the sweet calm face of the sea
Swift undertow

Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know
See how it feels in the end
May Lady Lullaby sing plainly for you
Soft, strong, sweet and true

Cloud hands reaching from a rainbow
Tapping at the window touch your hair

So swift and bright
Strange figures of light
Float in air

Who can stop what must arrive now?
Something new is waiting to be born

Dark as the night
You're still by my side
Shining side

Gone are the days we stopped to decide
Where we should go
We just ride

Gone are the broken eyes we saw through in dreams
Gone - both dream and lie

Life may be sweeter for this I don't know
Feels like it might be alright
While Lady Lullaby sings plainly for you
Love still rings true

Midnight on a carousel ride
Reaching for the gold ring down inside

Never could reach
It just slips away but I try

--

One thing I especially love about this song is that sometimes Jerry would sing "when I try" instead of "but I try" at the end. I've always wondered if it was intentional or not since it appears to change the meaning entirely, for me at least.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Dec 10, 2007 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

"...when I try" re- 8/13/75 (1 From the Vault)

Eastern philosophy (Jerrob, Ganges..........)

not only the lyrics...a gorgeous melody intertwined throughout a unique and inspiring harmonic progression...the 3 against 2 (triplet) rhythms for the intro and between the verses further adds to the mystery...

work of art

thx

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 10, 2007 6:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

Hey MS--did those disks arrive yet? Just worrying...

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Dec 9, 2007 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

For introspective, I don't think you can beat:

Waves of violet go crashing and laughing
Rainbow winged singing birds fly round the sun
Sunbells rain down in a liquid profusion
Mermaids on porpoises draw up the dawn

What's become of the baby
This cold December morning?

Songbirds
frozen in their flight
drifting to the earth
remnants of forgotten dreaming
Calling...
answer comes there none
Go to sleep you child
Dream of never ending always

Panes of crystal
Eyes sparkle like waterfalls
lighting the polished ice caverns of Khan
But where in the looking-glass fields of illusion
wandered the child who was perfect as dawn?

What's become of the Baby
this cold December morning?

Racing
rhythms of the sun
all the world revolves
captured in the eye of Odin
Allah
Pray where are you now?
All Mohammed's men
blinded by the sparkling water

Sheherazade gathering stories to tell
from primal gold fantasy petals that fall
But where is the child
who played with the sun chimes
and chased the cloud sheep
to the regions of rhyme?

Stranded
cries the south wind
Lost in the regions of lead
Shackled by chains of illusion
Delusions of living and dead

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 9, 2007 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

Definitely in the running; thanks.

Here's another to consider.

Boots were of leather
A breath of cologne
Her mirror was a window
She sat quite alone

All around her
the garden grew
scarlet and purple
and crimson and blue

She came and she went
and at last went away
The garden was sealed
when the flowers decayed

On the wall of the garden
a legend did say:
No one may come here
since no one may stay

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Dec 9, 2007 7:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

two souls in communion

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Poster: Horace Joffrion Date: Dec 9, 2007 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

There is a hidden meaning in all of this. Think about it....

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Dec 10, 2007 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The best introspective song ever written..?

Fare you well, my honey
Fare you well, my only true one
All the birds that were singing
Are flown, except you alone

Gonna leave this brokedown palace
On my hands and my knees, I will roll, roll, roll
Make myself a bed by the waterside
In my time, in my time, I will roll, roll, roll

In a bed, in a bed
By the waterside I will lay my head
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul

River gonna take me, sing me sweet and sleepy
Sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home
It's a far gone lullaby sung many years ago
Mama, Mama, many worlds I've come since I first left home

Going home, going home
By the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul

Going to plant a weeping willow
On the bank's green edge it will grow, grow, grow
Singing a lullaby beside the water
Lovers come and go, the river will roll, roll, roll

Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
To rock my soul